The Year in Review: A Message from Attorney General Tong
I wish all a safe and healthy holiday and a happy new year.
This past fiscal year, the Office of the Attorney General returned $557 million back to the state, constituents, and businesses — 17 times our operating cost. We helped lead the second largest multi-state cash settlement in history to fight the opioid epidemic, brokered agreements to lower sky-high utility bills, led the fight against the social media giants who have put our kids’ mental and physical safety at risk, and recovered millions in public healthcare dollars lost to fraud and abuse. Our Consumer Assistance Unit secured over $2 million in direct restitution to Connecticut families who called for help with travel disruptions, cancelled reservations, and unscrupulous businesses. Our attorneys worked around the clock to advise the Governor on the state’s pandemic response, and saved taxpayers immeasurable sums defending the state against legal challenges large and small. Nothing is more important than the lifesaving work of our child protection team defending our state’s most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.
I could not be prouder of the 309 attorneys, paralegals, and support staff who gave their all this year to make Connecticut a stronger, safer, and more prosperous state for everyone. But I am ever mindful of the more than…